Originally Posted by Cowgirls Boots View Post
Yes, I was told her drives and I believe was Amish taught. I was thinking that could be the case too. But I know someone has worked on dressage with him so he knows how to canter. Just getting it out of him is absolutely tedious.
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My 14 yo Haflinger is a rides and drives. He was trained driving first, and I'm mainly putting in the saddle time and finishing touches on that. The first year I had him, he refused ... refused
... to pick up a canter, even though I knew he could canter around by himself no problem.
So one day, I told him to lope, using his name first like his cheat sheet (when I got him, he came with a list of commands that he knows, like 'gee' and 'haw' etc.) said. Lope was a command on there, and boom, he went right into a canter. He's gotten even better about listening to voice commands now that I'm driving him as well.
Right now, I'm cuing for the canter and asking him to lope at the same time just so he gets used to the idea that the leg cue is the same thing. And then every now and then, I'll ask with just the leg cue, and he picks it right up.
Of course, now he won't canter in the cart, we've been stuck in trot mode for a year, but we're working on it.